2.01.2017

Taco Seasoning Mix - Homemade, That Is!


More and more over the last few years, I've started putting together my own seasonings to use as rubs on meats and in sauces. This was my first attempt at homemade taco seasoning and I can honestly say that I'm not sure why I waited so long!  I'll never buy packaged taco seasoning mix again. This was simple to put together and it is SO much more fresh and flavorful.  Very tasty! 

This recipe is the equivalent of approximately 3-4 packets of regular taco seasoning mixes, depending on the quantity you use per pound of hamburger (see below). 

Ingredients:

1-1.76 oz bottle (or 1/2 cup) Minced Dried Onion
4 Tbsp Chili Powder*
4 tsp Cumin
4 tsp Onion Powder (or Onion Salt)
4 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Dried Oregano
4 tsp Beef Bullion

If you want to really spice it up a bit, you can add 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (however, this is spicy enough for my taste).

Directions:

Add the ingredients together in a small bowl, stir well to combine. You can adjust the flavors, as desired.  

*I've also put together a batch using Chipotle Chile Pepper, and oh my, it is wonderful.  It's a little more spicy so I didn't use as much on the meat, but the aroma and flavor are aMazing!  It's also great on pork.  Use the same quantity (4 Tbsp).  The brand I used was "Watkins Gourmet Chipotle Chile Pepper", but I'm sure any chipotle chili powder would work great.



Depending on how spicy you and your family like your tacos, use as little or as much as you want. Be aware, it's a little more spicy than the regular prepackaged seasoning mixes you purchase. So test it and adjust according to your preference.

To make:

Use 3-4 Tablespoons seasoning per 1 lb. hamburger. 
Add 1/2 tsp. cornstarch, mix together.  This thickens it.
1/4 - 1/2 Cup water

Prepare your meat as you would normally: 

Brown your hamburger; drain off the excess fat. Sprinkle the seasoning over the meat (I like to stir the spices through the meat well), and then add 1/2 cup water, and stir.  Reduce the heat, let it simmer until the water is absorbed.


Store in a well sealed container, or jar.  Store in a cool, dry place, the same as you store your regular spices.

At this point I might normally say something like, "This is well worth the extra time", but it doesn't take much time, at all. It's not expensive. And once you make tacos with your own homemade taco seasoning, you'll never go back to prepackaged seasoning mixes!  It's that much better, in my opinion...and there's not a list of other ingredients that you can't pronounce!

Have a great day!

xoxo

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